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Meet Lora Heiner of Lora Heiner The Science Yogi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lora Heiner.

Lora, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I moved to San Diego in 1992, to be part of the Biotech Revolution. I worked in San Diego Biotech for almost 15 years as a Molecular Biologist involved in discovery work for new drug entities. At a pivotal time in my life, I discovered the practice of yoga. I had always been athletic, having been a high school and collegiate swimmer, as well as an avid downhill skier, rock climber and distance runner (I have run numerous marathons). After my very first yoga class, I enjoyed a feeling of calm peacefulness that was unique to that moment, and before I knew it, I was practicing yoga every day.

I used yoga to help me navigate some very difficult personal transitions, including a divorce, raising children alone, and the transition out of the corporate world to fulfill myself in a profession in which I felt I could make the most valuable contributions to people – and that was through sharing of the practice of yoga. I became a full-time yoga instructor and eventually opened a studio in Del Mar.

In 2015 I sustained injuries to my hips that upon diagnosis were attributed to my years of yoga practice. This information was startling, to say the least – I practiced yoga daily, believing it to be excellent for building strength as well as flexibility. As my doctors explained to me, yoga exploits hypermobility and as a daily practice, it falls short of a truly well-balanced fitness regime. Interestingly, I am not alone; recently some high profile yoga professionals have also come forward to reveal significant injuries and/or hip replacement surgeries.

After having bi-lateral hip arthroscopies to reconstruct my hip joints, I dove into learning as much as I could about human biomechanics and functional movement. I discovered something interesting about myself – that I had in many cases – left my scientist’s hat off and checked my critical thinking at the door of the yoga studios I had studied within. I put that important hat back on and began to review the scientific literature to understand how yoga helps and how yoga harms.

As a result of all these twists in turns in my own personal story, I have developed a system of yoga practice that relies on correct and optimal human alignment, The poses I have modified and invented keep people within their own personal range of motion and teaching them how to engage key postural muscles to enhance their efficiencies and eliminate the aches and pains of aging. Across the board, my students are feeling stronger than before, with flexibility gains kept within reasonable ranges. Many people report they are now pain-free.

I am currently engaged in developing an online platform for videos, to share this knowledge with the yoga community at large. The information I have learned from personal inquiry, from my orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and kinesiology specialists will be curated and shared in order to lessen yoga-related injuries and to help improve people’s quality of life.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road has been bumpy. In particular, after I learned about the incongruence between human movement and many of the poses we teach in yoga, it became difficult for me to continue to own a yoga studio and manage teachers who had very little understanding of human anatomy and physiology.

In 2018 I made the difficult decision of closing the studio at the end of the lease term, in order to continue my studies and dedicate myself to formulating a safe, effective and inspiring way of teaching yoga. I felt it was important to continue to cultivate the wonderful benefits yoga has in terms of regulating our nervous systems, calming our minds and making us feel good – but also to remove the hazards that it creates especially to our joints.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Lora Heiner The Science Yogi (formerly of Inhale Yoga & Fitness) – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My current business is as an independent yoga professional, who offers unique biomechanically inspired yoga instruction both on a personal level (privates) and in small group settings. What sets me apart is my knowledge base of human anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, with knowledge down to the molecular level of each cell. In this sense, I have converged my two careers – one as a scientist and the other as a yoga instructor.

I am now offering this convergence as a unique experience unlike what you would experience at a typical yoga studio. The practice offered is personalized, and is an exploration of each person’s individual “machine”. People are guided into the exploration to understand how their body moves and what their own personal ranges of motion are. Armed with this knowledge, they can then make wise choices on their mat (and off!) to enhance strength, flexibility, and human longevity.

Yoga philosophy is woven in throughout the classes, and offer people techniques for navigating challenges in the physical, mental and emotional realms Meditation is guided simply and sustainably, allowing each student to formulate their own personal approach to sitting by themselves independently – which allows them to be more successful in their quest for personal peace.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am currently developing a series of videos that will instruct viewers on how to:
a) assess their personal posture
b) implement techniques to optimize their posture for efficient and pain-free movement.
c) layer these techniques into a yoga practice utilizing new postures in order to harness the inherent power of the human movement system.
d) increase their personal awareness and equanimity off their mats.

This project is being engineered in collaboration with experts in the realms of biomechanics, orthopedics and corrective exercise therapies.

Pricing:

  • Private session with me – postural assessment and personalized correction plan (90 min) – $100
  • Group sessions in Del Mar – $15 per class
  • Private personal training package – includes postural assessment and 4 training session $350
  • Yoga Science Workshop (6-hour presentation) – $800

Contact Info:

  • Website: inhaleyogaandfitness.com
  • Phone: 858-337-6587
  • Email: loraheineryoga@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @loraheinerthescienceyogi

Image Credit:
Todd Leveck, Epic PhotoJournalism, Gregory Cain, Cain Photostudio

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